Unity Crushes Hate in Rockland … But at a Cost

Residents of a quiet street in Ramapo woke up one day this week to find that hate had come to their neighborhood. Anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on the asphalt in front of two homes and on a real estate sign in front of a third. All these homes are for sale. The message...

A Coincidence? Think Again

When the people of Rockland County elected me County Executive, they put their faith in my ability to choose the right people for leadership positions in our government. That’s why I was so pleased last May to name Dr. Penny Jennings as my choice for two crucial...

Funding Our Non-Profits

Rockland County wouldn’t be the high-quality place to live without its non-profits. Our non-profit agencies and the dedicated people who run them do everything from feed and clothe the hungry and working poor to providing services for people with disabilities to...

A Glimmer of Hope

I never would have thought last October when I presented my budget to the Legislature that now, a full year later, we would still be talking about the Sain Building. But here we are, to my frustration and the detriment of everyone who cares about this county, still talking...

Turning a Fiscal Corner

When I took office just three years ago, this county was on the brink of financial disaster. We were a mere $42,000 away from default and had the worst score in New York on the state Comptroller’s list of most fiscally stressed municipalities. Rockland’s score then...

Moving Forward at Last

Now, after 10 months, the Legislature has finally moved on their well-delayed plan to unload the crumbling Sain Building. My administration months ago issued a request for proposals and got a bid for $4.51 million – more than the asking price – to sell this...

Sadly – Politics Over People

Now, a full nine months after I proposed the sale of the Sain Building as part of this year’s budget, the Rockland County Legislature has finally taken action. And sadly that is not good news. A vote at Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislature essentially approved my...

Not Going Back to the Bad Old Days

There’s a long history of bad financial decisions in Rockland, decisions that led to a $138 million budget deficit that I inherited when I took office two years ago. I was elected with a mandate to fix our finances, which earned Rockland the distinction of being named...

Selling the Sain Building: A No-Brainer

More than eight months ago I submitted my 2016 county budget to the Legislature, which included the plan to sell the Sain Building in New City for its appraised value: $4 million. The Legislature’s response was to express doubts that anyone would spend $4 million on this...